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Once upon a time, in a town in southern California, there lived Elwood & Dorothy.
Elwood's grandmother
Maggie came from Denmark in 1861 with her first husband who was seeking gold.
She was widowed three times and had seven children by the time she married Elwood's grandfather, Chris in 1878.
Chris had also come from afar, from Nova Scotia, Canada.

Dorothy's family had come more recently from Colorado, settling in the desert area in hopes of a "desert cure"
for Dorothy's older sister who had tuberculosis. . . .

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Randy and I in Switzerland


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Hi! I'm Polli, fourth child of Elwood and Dorothy. As you can see, I'm very much "into" my family's history. As you go through my other pages, I hope to introduce you to ancestors who have become very dear to me.

But for now, I'll tell you a bit about myself. I was born and raised in Banning, California. After high school I attended Azusa Pacific College (now University), where I met my honey and best friend, Randy. You can see us here in one of my favorite pictures. It's my favorite because it was taken in Grindelwald, Switzerland, on our 1997 trip to Europe. (No, we haven't changed a bit!)

My friends know me best for my love of yard sales (where I can shop 'til I drop!), my love for working with my computer, and beading jewelry. I read almost anything, but my favorites are JRR Tolkein, CS Lewis, George McDonald, Agatha Christie, and LM Montgomery. Randy and I share a love for travelling. Our decision to homeschool our daughters has led me into a life of learning which I love! Our daughters are now grown and building their own lives, while Randy and I build for our future. Our business websites are: Outdoors Northwest and Polli's Pretties.

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You can't know me long without knowing that I love Germany and Home Sweet Castleanything German! In 1974, I spent a summer in Frankfurt with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), an interdenominational missions group. Two years later, in 1976, Randy and I both returned to Hurlach, Germany, to attend YWAM's School of Evangelism. YWAM's German base is in the village castle, that imposing edifice you can see in the photo to the right. What fun it was to live in a castle! Part of the school was a three-month-camping trip -- with 50 people in a little blue Mercedes bus -- through the Middle East. We traveled through Austria, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, back to Greece, through Turkey, into Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria, before returning to Germany. That year was a high point in our lives, one that in a large part formed who we are now. We still hope and pray that we might be involved in ministry there again someday.




After returning to the US, I worked with World Vision for four years, dealing with correspondence and phone inquiries. In 1983, Randy and I moved to Southern Oregon, where he worked with Harry & David and with Jackson & Perkins. In September 1999, we all moved to the beautiful Skagit Valley in northwest Washington, when Randy found a new job with Etera, a company who grows and sells perennial plants. We love it here! See our smiling faces?

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Oh yes, the two recent additions are our daughters Christi (on the left) and Cathie (on the right). Aren't they beautiful? They keep me especially busy because we are a homeschooling family. We started homeschooling from kindergarten, and continued all through their school years. They are now beautiful young women, building their own lives!

Our family's favorite pastimes are camping in our tent trailer, stream fishing, rafting on the river, and MORE travelling!

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cemeteryGhost towns have always fascinated me, because I wanted to know who lived there, and what the residents were like. That desire naturally led me into my studying my own family history, learning about my ancestors--what were their lives like? What were their joys and sorrows?

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As a family, we have enjoyed travelling to places our ancestors have lived (and collecting the t-shirts!), to see their graves, or their houses, or the land they farmed. It gives Christi and Cathi a sense of connection to the history they study in school to talk of our ancestors and the parts they played in various events of our history.

old photoWe have an ancestor who was on the Mayflower, several who were among the Puritans, a Minuteman who died in the first days of the Revolution, another killed on Lexington Green. Others were Loyalists. Several fought in the Civil War, on both sides! One family in East Germany suffered persecution from the government for standing for their faith. Among our ancestors are Germans, British, Danes, Scots, Canadians, and Native Americans. We are learning to appreciate the richness and diversity of other cultures and nations, and to appreciate the part these people played in the growth of our nation, as well as in our own personal history.


Life in the Past Lane


To learn more about these people we have grown to love, please go back to Polli's Place!
From there, links will take you to visit the different branches of our family!

But first. . . .


I want to dedicate my website to my parents, who started it all!


Dorothy Page Jost

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my parents

Elwood Burton Jost

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"Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith." Hebrews 13:7 (NASB)


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The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and kind in all His deeds!
The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth!
Psalm 145:17&18 (NASB)